50 States of Relaxing Destinations
Whether your version of relaxation involves silence, solitude, or breaking a sweat, there are beautiful places all over the United States to help you find your peace. From tiny coastal towns to yoga retreats out in the middle of nowhere, this country isn't lacking in providing peaceful places to escape your busy work life or home life and take some time for yourself.
Alabama — Gulf Shores
On Alabama's Gulf Shores, you can find a little bit of everything, including a bit of relaxation. Take a snooze under an umbrella on the 32 miles of white sand beaches if you're looking for a bit of a getaway.
Alaska — Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska is a peaceful place to camp among the state's most beautiful wildlife.
Arizona — Miraval Resort & Spa
Choose from the many options at Miraval's Life in Balance Spa, including Ayurveda treatments, facials, and pedicures.
Arkansas — Lake Ouachita
Whether you want to camp or take a boat out on the water, Lake Ouachita has a multitude of relaxing options.
California — Enderts Beach
Enderts Beach is a part of California's Redwood National Park. After a hike through the trees, you'll find yourself on this peaceful, scenic beach overlooking the Pacific.
Colorado — Shambhala Mountain Center
At Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes, CO, you can take part in relaxing meditation among nature atop the Rocky Mountains.
Connecticut — Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Snag one of the rare books at Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and tuck yourself away in a corner to escape the real world.
Delaware — Lewes
The sleepy, coastal town of Lewes, DE, is rich with history and all walkable. You can be sure to find a quaint bed and breakfast here for a quiet weekend.
Florida — Boca Beach Club
The Waldorf Astoria spa at Boca Beach Club and Boca Resort is one of the most luxurious experiences you'll find in the US. The huge facility is a great place to relax, especially in the Turkish baths.
Georgia — The Cloister at Sea Island
At this Sea Island resort, you'll have your own private beach so you won't have to deal with any of the chaos of your daily life.
Hawaii — Kalani
From massages to yoga under the Hawaiian sun, you can do it all — while relaxing — at Kalani on Hawaii's big island.
Idaho — Hailey
There are miles of hiking trails right outside this tiny Idaho town where you can go to clear your mind.
Illinois — Waldorf Astoria Chicago
Not only is the spa at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago one of the best in the country, but you can also have your spa services taken care of right in your room so you don't have to go anywhere.
Indiana — Corydon
Corydon, in south Indiana, has plenty of space for camping and is chock-full of history.
Iowa — Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
This little oasis in the middle of Des Moines has practically endless foliage to enjoy, and the garden even has art shows from time to time.
Kansas — Horsethief Canyon Trails
In Kanopolis State Park, you can find Horsethief Canyon Trails, which cover canyons, grasslands, and even a lake.
Kentucky — Bourbon Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn
Kentucky's Bourbon Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn is not only just for adults, but all the rooms are spirits themed. The bed and breakfast also provides the perfectly located hideaway in bourbon country.
Louisiana — The Roosevelt New Orleans
You can forget all about the madness of Bourbon Street when you step inside The Roosevelt New Orleans and into the spa. You'll feel your worries fade away while you're enjoying a reflexology massage or a hydrafacial.
Maine — Brassua Lake Camps
Rent a little cabin on the lake at Maine's Brassua Lake and splash around in the water to your heart's content.
Maryland — Assateague Island National Seashore
You could spend hours on the trails on the Assateague Island National Seashore, and when you need a getaway, that's more than fine.
Massachusetts — Edgartown
This picturesque little town is right on the water and in Martha's Vineyard. Take a boat out on the water for some chill time before coming back to a quaint bed and breakfast.
Michigan — Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Nestled on Lake Superior, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has such beautiful scenery that it's almost hard to believe. The sheer beauty of it will relax your mind instantly.
Minnesota — Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
You can hike through Minnesota's 14,000 acres at this wildlife refuge and see how many types of birds you can spot.
Mississippi — Devereaux Shields House B&B
This beautiful bed and breakfast in Natchez, MS, is the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine and a good book.
Missouri — Missouri Botanical Garden
St. Louis's Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the US and will provide you with endless stretches of foliage to get lost in.
Montana — Glacier National Park
There are more than 700 miles of hiking trails in Glacier National Park, spanning across Montana's Rocky Mountains.
Nebraska — Indian Cave State Park
Camp among the wildlife at Indian Cave State Park in Shubert, NE, before taking a boat out on the water.
Nevada — Arch Rock Campground
Bring your tent or your RV to Arch Rock Campground in Valley of Fire State Park.
New Hampshire — Phillips Exeter Academy Library
This beautiful library in Exeter, NH, will put your mind at ease as soon as you walk through the door and among all the books.
New Jersey — Lakota Wolf Preserve
Take a tour with these beautiful animals in Columbia, NJ, at the Lakota Wolf Preserve. While you can't pet the wolves, just being among these wild animals in nature is rewarding enough.
New Mexico — Taos
Experience the culture and beauty of nature in this little New Mexico town. Lose yourself in the bevy of art it has to offer, or go for a solo ski in one of the town's ski areas.
New York — Omega Institute
A holistic center in Rhinebeck, NY, Omega Institute offers a place for you to go to practice yoga and set your mind at ease.
North Carolina — Outer Banks
There are definitely touristy areas of Outer Banks on North Carolina's coast, but you can find peace and tranquility if you look for it. Stroll the quiet stretch of beach and let the sound of the crashing waves calm you.
North Dakota — Erlenbusch Waterfowl Production Area
The Erlenbusch Waterfowl Production Area is a great place to get lost birdwatching in North Dakota's open space.
Ohio — Edgewater Park
Just outside downtown Cleveland is Edgewater Park and beach, which is a quick escape from busy city life.
Oklahoma — Turkey Mountain
Experienced hikers and bikers will enjoy the challenging terrains of Turkey Mountain in Oklahoma, because who says a little challenge won't set your mind at ease?
Oregon — Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat
You can take part in group relaxation or solo ventures at Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat, a safe space for spiritual renewal in Detroit, OR.
Pennsylvania — The Lodge at Woodloch
Situated in the Poconos is this luxurious, award-winning spa resort that is as beautiful as it is relaxing.
Rhode Island — Jamestown
Take a boat out on the water off the coast of Jamestown, RI, and watch your worries fade away.
South Carolina — Beaufort
Get away for a weekend to this sleepy coastal town and enjoy the quiet ocean breeze.
South Dakota — Badlands National Park
The scenery at this national park is so beautiful it's almost unreal.
Tennessee — The Gentle Barn
This Knoxville animal sanctuary rescues animals and nurses them back to health. What better way to set your mind at ease than to spend time giving these animals love and belly rubs?
Texas — Big Bend National Park
If silence is what you seek, you can find a lot of it in Big Bend National Park's desert.
Utah — Moab Glamping Retreat
Have the ultimate relaxing adventure with a glamping retreat in the Moab desert.
Vermont — Stowe
The tiny town of Stowe, VT, has a variety of relaxing options to choose from, so you can be sure to find whatever meets your needs for peace.
Virginia — Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of the nation's best — and most beautiful.
Washington — Millersylvania State Park
Let yourself feel small and insignificant (in a good way!) among the trees at this Washington state park.
West Virginia — Hillbrook Inn
Tucked away in Charles Town, WV, Hillbrook Inn is the perfect place to escape for a relaxing solo trip among nature.
Wisconsin — Osthoff Resort
Elkhart Lake's sprawling resort houses the Aspira Spa, which provides treatments to heal your mind, body, and soul.
Wyoming — Granite Hot Springs
Wyoming's own little version of Iceland's blue lagoon is a beautiful naturally occurring hot spring in the Gros Ventre Mountains.